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Orlando Police Department tests facial recognition software

Orlando Police Department tests facial recognition software

There are no laws explicitly barring law enforcement from using real-time facial recognition, and the constitutionality has not been tested by higher courts.

"So with Amazon Rekognition, it lets you pass real time videos to us using our APIS or SDK we provided, and we'll detect all sorts of things in the video: objects, face and scenes, like a package being arrived", the executive said. It is deemed that the technology could be used for arresting suspicious people and its fallacious nature can axe the right to privacy of the public. In fact, the Rekognition page makes mention of the City of Orlando as one of its customers, but documents obtained by the ACLU paint a more detailed picture.

That business already includes work with the city of Orlando, Florida, and the Washington County Sheriff's Office in OR, according to the ACLU's Northern California chapter. Public records obtained by the ACLU show that the Washington County Sheriff's Office became a Rekognition customer in June 2017.

In the records, Amazon also solicits feedback and ideas for "potential enhancements" to Rekognition's capabilities for governments.

The documents show that authorities seemed to be paying very little for Amazon's services. Amazon has solicited feedback on new product features for law enforcement.

Amazon requires customers abide by the law and be responsible when using Rekognition, it added. Despite all of this, Amazon imposes no meaningful restrictions on how governments can use Rekognition.

In a blog post a year ago, Amazon said a new feature let customers "identify people of interest against a collection of millions of faces in near real-time, enabling use cases such as timely and accurate crime prevention".

Highlighting "the possibility that those labeled suspicious by governments-such as undocumented immigrants or black activists-will be targeted for Rekognition surveillance", the coalition of advocacy groups urged Amazon to "act swiftly to stand up for civil rights and civil liberties, including those of its own customers, and take Rekognition off the table for governments". A spokesman for the Orlando Police Department said the department was testing Amazon's service but had no plans to use the technology to track the location of elected officials.

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Using police body cameras as facial recognition devices would transform police into surveillance machines aimed at the public, it said.

"People should be free to walk down the street without being watched by the government", the groups wrote in a letter to Amazon on Tuesday.

"Our quality of life would be much worse today if we outlawed new technology because some people could choose to abuse the technology", the company's statement said.

"It's a smart city, they have cameras all over the city, the authorized cameras are then streaming the data to Kinesis' video stream", Das said.

In emails between Amazon and Washington County employees, the company offers the expertise of the Rekognition product team, troubleshoots problems encountered by the county, and provides "best practices" advice on how to deploy the service.

Experts believe that facial recognition technology will soon overtake fingerprint technology as the most effective way to identify people.

"According to its marketing materials, it views deployment by law enforcement agencies as a "common use case" for this technology", the civil rights group said.

Beyond its claim that facial recognition threatens freedom, particularly among minority communities, the ACLU contends that facial recognition algorithms are prone to bias. "Imagine if customers couldn't buy a computer because it was possible to use that computer for illegal purposes?"


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